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Australia arrests owners of unseaworthy ship

6 July 2018

The authorities in Australia have arrested the owners of an Australian-flagged ship after a port inspection found that it was unseaworthy. 

Inspectors from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the Tomin in Yamba, New South Wales, after it was suspected of being unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment. Information suggested that the ship had voyaged from the Solomon Islands to Australia without the required certification. With support from New South Wales Police, the ship’s owners were arrested on board and charged with offences under the Navigation Act.

The AMSA commented that taking a vessel to sea without a certificate showing compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) was a breach of the Commonwealth Navigation Act, with a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of AUSD126,000 or both.


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